Which edition of DB2 Connect is right for you?

DB2 Connect™ is IBM® middleware for connectivity from distributed systems to zSeries and iSeries-based DB2® systems. This article introduces DB2 Connect and discusses the different editions and pricing models to help you decide which edition of DB2 Connect is right for you. This article has been updated to include packaging considerations up to and including DB2 Connect V8.2.3.

Paul C. Zikopoulos (paulz_ibm@msn.com), Senior Specialist, Database Competitive Technology, IBM

Paul C. ZikopoulosPaul C. Zikopoulos, BA, MBA, is an award-winning writer and speaker with the IBM Database Competitive Technologies team. He has more than nine years of experience with DB2 and has written numerous magazine articles and books about it. Paul has co-authored the following books: DB2 Version 8: The Official Guide, DB2: The Complete Reference, DB2 Fundamentals Certification for Dummies, DB2 for Dummies, and A DBA's Guide to Databases on Linux. Paul is a DB2 Certified Advanced Technical Expert (DRDA and Cluster/EEE) and a DB2 Certified Solutions Expert (Business Intelligence and Database Administration). Currently he is writing a book on the Apache Derby/IBM Derby database. You can reach him at: paulz_ibm@msn.com.


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Leon Katsnelson, DB2 Development, IBM Canada Ltd.

Leon KatsnelsonLeon Katsnelson works in the IBM Toronto Lab where he manages a team of product managers responsible for the IBM DB2 UDB products. Leon is a recognized expert in the areas of DB2 application development and DB2 Connect. Leon has 20 years of experience with complex database and network systems. Leon has worked on DB2 Connect from very beginning and worked on this project as the product planner, development manager and product manager. He is often referred to "the father of DB2 Connect."



26 September 2005 (First published 01 March 2003)

A key requirement for leveraging economies of scale from corporate data is for data placement to be transparent to users and applications. DB2 Connect is IBM middleware for connectivity to zSeries- and iSeries-based DB2 systems (it's really so much more than just connectivity as a matter of fact), as well as IMS™, CICS®, and VSAM resources.

Different editions and pricing models for DB2 Connect are available to suit the needs of different businesses. This article presents a high-level introduction to DB2 Connect and includes a detailed discussion of the different editions and pricing models to help you decide which DB2 Connect edition is right for you.

This article includes significant changes to the DB2 Connect packaging including the Mobility-on-Demand component added in the DB2 V8.2 release and the new DB2 Connect Unlimited Edition for iSeries package that became available in September 2005 - around the time DB2 Connect V8.2.3 was released.

Highlights include:

  • What is DB2 Connect? (This section includes a basic overview of DB2 Connect. However, DB2 Connect is so much more than just connectivity. For a good overview of the capablities of DB2 Connect, refer to the What is DB2 Connect? series by Paul C. Zikopoulos and Leon Katsnelson.
  • DB2 Connect packaging and editions
  • Frequently asked questions about DB2 Connect, and specifically about the five available editions:
    • DB2 Connect Personal Edition
    • DB2 Connect Enterprise Edition
    • DB2 Connect Application Server Edition
    • DB2 Connect Unlimited Edition
    • DB2 Connect Unilimited Edition for iSeries
  • Choosing the right edition for you

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